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The new Fenway Park and the Red Sox almost-ownerDick Flavin

Twenty one years ago this month the Red Sox gathered the media together to make a major announcement. There would soon be a brand new Fenway Park! It would be right across the street from the old one, ...

Extraordinary evangelization in extraordinary timesGeorge Weigel

I'd heard about Father Alexander Sherbrooke long before we met in June 2011; Father Sherbrooke had been a mentor for young friends of mine who had worked at St. Patrick's Church in London as pastoral ...

To mask or not to maskGreg Erlandson

I've been a bit puzzled about all the debate and outrage over wearing masks. I know some of it is weirdly ideological, but some of it seems to be a misunderstanding of why we have been asked to wear masks ...

'Unorthodox' and the modern myth of originsBishop Robert Barron

"Unorthodox," a mini-series that debuted on Netflix a few weeks ago, is the story of a young woman who escapes from her oppressive Hasidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and finds freedom with a ...

The extraordinary gift of perspectiveMichael Reardon

Walking across the stage in the McNeice Pavilion at Boston College High School on May 29, 1993, to receive my diploma is forever ingrained in my brain. The previous four years of effort, sometimes lack ...

The conversion of Father George Haskins -- Part IIThomas Lester

The previous installment of this column discussed the life of George Foxcroft Haskins, a native Bostonian and Protestant Episcopal Minister who converted to Catholicism in November 1840. Following his ...

It ain't beanbagDick Flavin

He never had a chance. Mike Coolbaugh was a baseball lifer. He'd spent 17 years bouncing around the minor leagues, playing third base for nine different franchises. He even had two brief cups of coffee ...

Adapting mental health services to COVID-19Callie Armstrong

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are all faced with uncertainty, confusion, and changes to our daily routines. For the most vulnerable members of our communities, this pandemic brings added stress ...

Games intellectuals playGeorge Weigel

Shortly after President John F. Kennedy's cabinet met for the first time, Vice President Lyndon Johnson waxed enthusiastic about the best and the brightest to his mentor, Speaker Sam Rayburn. They were ...

End TimesRussell Shaw

One of the more predictable byproducts of the coronavirus pandemic has been an uptick in apocalyptic warnings that the end of the world is at hand. The folks who send me emails announcing that COVID-19 ...